Information Security Newsletter Series

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The information security newsletter article series is a collection of fifteen short, informative articles intended to quickly explain the major security risks and responsibilities associated with home users and parents. The articles can downloaded in PDF format for print or screen viewing. For K-12 schools, the information security newsletter article series is an effective way to inform parents about the basics of information security. Our newsletter articles can be included in your school corporation’s newsletter to parents, free of charge.

To use our articles in your newsletter, simply email and provide:

  1. your name
  2. your school corporation
  3. the number of homes that will receive the newsletter(s)
  4. which newsletters you would like to use
  5. the format (PDF, DOC, RTF, TXT) that you prefer.

All we ask is that you include the following attribution: “This newsletter has been provided by the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. To learn more about CERIAS, please visit their website at”

  1. Introduction to Information Security
  2. You May Be at Risk
  3. Threats to Security
  4. Responsibilities in a Nutshell
  5. Passwords: Your 1st Line of Defense
  6. Broadband vs. Dialup
  7. Cyber Ethics
  8. Cyber Crimes and Your Children
  9. Safe Online Shopping
  10. Email Attachments
  11. Spam
  12. Computer Viruses
  13. Computer Backups
  14. Firewalls
  15. Identity Theft

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